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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-18-2013 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With regards to this auction, I'm curious about others' opinions.

The space shuttle affixed to the plaque looks to be one of the rubber magnets issued in the 1980s — I have an identical one on my fridge.

The inscription plaque uses a very unusual font for "The Space Shuttle Challenger STS 7" in light of this apparently being issued by an Air Force Base.

Maybe I am scrutinizing unnecessarily... (I am not intending to cast aspersions on the seller. S/he is offering other flight test center memorabilia. I am only interested in thoughts about the plaque itself.)

Greggy_D
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posted 06-18-2013 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it looks tacky enough to warrant a pass. Something just feels off about it.

The inscription also reads "STS #7". I've never seen the pound sign used in any NASA or USAF docs which referred to the shuttle flight numbering system.

The presentation looks homegrown to me rather than a NASA or USAF commissioned piece.

rgarner
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posted 06-18-2013 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is most certainly home made - no organisation or company would sell something like that. You would be going off the reputation of the seller on this one I think.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-18-2013 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by rgarner:
...no organisation or company would sell something like that.
Well, NASA, nor the Air Force, ever sold any of its flown hardware, and in the '70s and '80s created some really wonky looking plaques, but this one I agree looks homemade...

rgarner
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posted 06-18-2013 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see. Well, you wouldn't find me selling anything like that. I usually check the other items the seller has for sale but they don't have much to go on.

Hit and miss, at best I think Robert.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 06-18-2013 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely a private presentation in every way. The nut on the plaque even looks like several of my own from many years ago, however, none of those I had from this variety flew on STS-7 that I aware of.

Skuz9c1
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posted 06-19-2013 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skuz9c1   Click Here to Email Skuz9c1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The shuttle in the upper left has Columbia on it and not Challenger.

I wouldn't even touch this with a 50 foot robotic arm...

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-19-2013 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To be fair, I think that shuttle is a magnet that was just placed on that plaque because it is a shuttle, not the shuttle that the piece supposedly came from.

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